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(Courtesy Photo)

Mayor Phillip Burch, center, stands joined by several local Girl Scouts last week as he declared March 12-18 Girl Scout Week in Artesia. According to the proclamation, March 12 marks the 105th anniversary of Girl Scouts of the USA, founded in 1912 in Savannah, Ga., by Juliette Gordon Low. More than 2.5 million girls currently participate nationwide, and 59 million women in the U.S. are former Girl Scouts. The proclamation states girls “discover, connect, and take action to make their local communities and the world a better place” through the organization. Pictured are Girl Scouts, back row from left, Raquel Garcia, Aubree Ortega, TeKenzie Campbell, Jordyn Mariscal, Yvelle Munoz, Liliana Velasquez, Lizzie Harper, Syann Perez, center row from left, Sarita Ramirez, Felicity Padilla, Alani Garcia, Mireya Fabela, Bella Salazar, Amya Sentell, Evelyn Frescas and, front, Kira Sentell. Troop leaders, not pictured, are Betty Garcia, Kim Garcia and Crystal Ramirez.